For the seventh consecutive year, the free, family-friendly Philadelphia Jazz & Soul Festival, presented by Lifeline Music Coalition, Inc., returns to 15th and South streets Saturday, Sept. 14, 2-10 p.m.
A fun day of music, craft vendors and food, the Philadelphia Jazz & Soul Festival will feature a concert dedicated to the memory of WRTI 90.1 radio host Jeff Duperon.
“Our theme is ‘Undefeated Jazz,’” said Lifeline Music Coalition Artistic Director Warren Oree, who produces the festival with Lifeline Executive Director, Graziella DiNuzzo. “We’re having a special guest — Carl Grubbs, John Coltrane’s nephew. He’s going to be performing with the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble’s Undefeated Orchestra.”
Oree, acoustic bassist with the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, explains that he coined the phrase “Undefeated Jazz” to express the fact that persistent attempts to sterilize and whitewash jazz in its purest form in order to make it “sound pretty” have not been successful. He maintains that “straight-ahead jazz,” a true American idiom, remains “undefeated.”
The performance schedule for the day is as follows:
2:30 p.m.: Kimpedro Rodriguez; The Nu GRuv Network
3:45 p.m.: Mic’al Beckham
5 p.m.: Marion Salaam and Freedom Now
6:15 p.m.: Lucky Thompson and the Tuesday Nite Band
7 p.m.: El Barak and Soular Return
8:45 p.m.: Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble and Undefeated Jazz Orchestra with special guest, saxophonist Carl Grubbs
As a preview to this year’s event, Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble will throw a “Festival Blast-Off” on Friday, Sept. 13, 5-7 p.m. at the Pop-Up Garden, 15th and South streets.
As for this year’s annual celebration of jazz, Lifeline invites the City of Brotherly Love to “Bring the family, bring a chair, bring your festival spirit!”